Romelu Lukaku has made it clear that a decision on Everton’s offer of a new contract has already been made while defending his “ambition” to win trophies.
After Lukaku’s agent Mino Raiola revealed last month a new deal was 99.9 per cent agreed, reports emerged that the player had told Everton he doesn’t want to sign a new deal, whereas the club still held out hope for a resolution.
But speaking to the reporters while with the Belgium national team, Lukaku showed no doubt that his mind is made up.
“The decision has already been made so I can’t talk about that,” Lukaku said of his future at Everton.
The exciting attacker then defended his “ambition” – one week after criticising Everton’s efforts to sign top players and push for honours.
“There is nothing wrong with ambition. You have to embrace it and where you are as a footballer,” he said.
“I’ve made a long way until now but the road is still long and I know I have to improve and get better. I want to help Everton as much as I can, as well as the national team. I think a lot of stuff can be achieved.
“Sometimes people will mistake things that I say but it’s just ambition that I have; I want to win titles and trophies and I don’t think people should take that as arrogance – people should embrace it.
“This is what footballers need to achieve if they want to become the best, and I think young kids need to learn that too.”
The 23-year-old striker’s national team Belgium will face Greece in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday before a friendly with Russia next Tuesday.